Rachel Grossman is the Ensemble Director and a co-founder of dog & pony dc where audience integration is their guiding artistic principle.
She is also a theater artist and engagement strategist. She likes to explore the triangulation between art, artist, and audience.
Rachel is a member of HowlRound’s National Advisory Committee and is a regular presenter with National Arts Market Project on audience engagement and empowering staff to serve as change-agents.
Rachel is responsible for launching Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s “connectivity” initiative and served as the first Connectivity Director.
She has also facilitated sessions and workshops at Theatre Communications Group conferences, as well as the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She is a two-time recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Artist Fellowship grant.
And, quite importantly, Rachel likes such as beets, brussels sprouts, bourbon, infographics, action movies, and well-facilitated discussions.
Rachel shares with Marc about dog & pony dc, the process and steps of devising new work, audience integration, her work with the deaf and hard of hearing community, and her commitment to diversity as a tool and inclusivity as a practice.
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spot lightning round with Rachel Grossman:
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “If you're not working in your dream job, then whatever you're doing should be easy to walk away from”
- If you could sing one song on The Voice, what would it be? – “Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order”
- If you had a superpower, what would it be? – “Rachel has two: 1) Getting people excited about virtually nothing and 2) Getting free drinks on flights”
- What’s your favorite word? – “Obviously (and more)”
people and resources mentioned:
- dog & pony dc – Rachels theater company located in Washington DC where she is the Ensemble Director
- Beer Town, Toast, A Killing Game – A few of the devised works created at dog & pony
- Tyrone Giordano– Deaf artist who appeared in Toast. His involvement was a key to Rachel and the dog & pony dc ensemble to practice inclusivity with a positive experience
- Ivania Stack – Ringleader of Audience Integration at dog & pony dc
- Nick Olcott – Directed The Miracle Worker for Arena Stage and used a signing chorus. Rachel worked with these artists which provided her first high impact experience with deaf artists
getting in touch with rachel:
Connect with Rachel at abigeyedfish.com
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